Prednisone Dosage for Children
Prednisone is a prescription medication used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, corticosteroids, or simply "steroids" for short. Prednisone is often used to treat children. As an older medicine, it has not been thoroughly and systematically studied in children, but has been used successfully in children for many years.
A child's prednisone dosage will depend on several factors, such as the medical condition being treated, the severity of the condition, the child's age and weight, other existing medical conditions, and other medications being taken. In general, most people take the drug for a short time in order to avoid long-term prednisone side effects. These side effects can usually be avoided by taking the medication for less than two weeks or by taking lower prednisone dosages (less than 20 mg per day). Taking the drug every other day or just in the morning may also help.
(Click Prednisone Dosage for a more in-depth look at dosing for children. This article discusses the factors that may affect your child's dosage and offers some tips on safely and effectively using this medication.)